Ease the Process of Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors
Putting your back into it when cleaning grime off your glass shower can feel disheartening if there are some stubborn stains left after rinsing. Your arm will bear the full brunt of the job, but why endure such a workout when cleaning? The following tips can help ease the process of cleaning your glass shower doors and ensure they are crystal clear. But first, we will address three essential questions.
Where Do the Stains on Your Glass Shower Doors Come From?
To make the process less tedious, it is best to understand what causes the stubborn stain. Soap and hard water that contains dissolved minerals like lime, magnesium, chalk, and calcium are the primary culprits for those hard-to-remove spots, which accumulate over time as you shower. You might rinse the glass surface with clean water after showering to wash away the soap scum to prevent it from staining the glass, but it does not get rid of everything.
Why Is Soap Scum Hard to Clean?
The calcium stearate and other particles in the soap you use to bathe create water-insoluble deposits when mixed with hard water. The deposits (soap scum) can be difficult to wash off using plain water and challenging to remove once they stain the surfaces. The situation could have you thinking of replacing your glass shower doors. However, why not try the following suggestions to discover how to clean your glass surfaces without putting in too much time and effort?
You will need the following things to get the job done:
- Scrubbing sponge
- Cleaning solution
- Spray bottle
- A lint-free cloth or microfiber towel
Clean After Having a Hot Shower
One effective trick worth trying is cleaning the shower doors after taking a hot shower. The steam and hot water loosen the stains for easier scrubbing. Conversely, you can consider splashing hot water on the glass to achieve the same effect.
Use The Right Cleaner
You can do the job without using costly commercial cleaners. Basic ingredients you might have in your house might deliver a better finish. Moreover, most of them are environmentally safe, making them a better option than using chemical-based cleaners. You can mix the following ingredients to create an effective glass cleaner.
- A half cup of vinegar
- A cup of water
- A splash of dish soap
- 10-20 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil (potent antibacterial and freshener)
Spray, Scrub, And Leave It
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it over the glass. Let it set for a few minutes (two or three minutes) before you rub it in using a sponge with an abrasive side. Start scrubbing the shower door’s exterior, working from the top to the bottom, then proceed to clean the inside. Give the surfaces roughly twenty minutes after scrubbing the scum before you rinse off your homemade cleaning solution.
Wash, Wipe, And Squeegee
And how will you ensure that you have crystal-clear glass? That is why you need a quality squeegee. Check for any spots that need a bit more scrubbing, then rinse and finish off by wiping the glass using a microfiber cloth and squeegee for a crystal-clear shine. Ensure the cloth is dry as you wipe away any watermarks.